BIMsets

Overview

A sheets add-on to help manage, create and deploy shared parameters for Autodesk Revit.

BIMsets Cloud Writer is designed to streamline the process of managing shared parameters for the Autodesk Revit platform. The add-on allows users to import existing shared parameter files, edit, append and export new files that can be used in the Revit application. The current method within Revit to manage these parameters is quite time consuming and does not allow bulk editing or modification. Additionally all edits are required to be performed inside the application. BIMsets Cloud Writer removes these limits by allowing the shared parameter file to be edited outside of the Revit platform. Additionally the file can be accessed from anywhere via Google Drive and Google Sheets, adding the ability to collaborate across a team, and to have access to built in version control for any changes that are made. The Sheets interface also lends itself to being able to manage multiple files at the same time via additional tabs in the instance that you have client specific requirements that require multiple files.

Installation

  1. Head on over to the BIMsets Cloud Writer page for Google Sheets add-ons.
  2. Click on the blue ‘+’ button at the top of the page to install the add-on.

This should open up a new Sheets document and install the add-on. The add-on will ask for your permission to install. Afterwords the add-on should appear in the ‘Add-ons’ menu in your Sheets document.

FAQ

  1. Can I use custom groups with this add-on? No. The add-on uses a specific set of parameter groups designed to be compatible with the Autudesk Seek Style Guide. If you have a parameter file that uses the same groups as the Style Guide it should be compatible. If you are starting brand new there should be no issues. If you have used the old SP.Writer Excel tool in the past, those files will also be compatible.

  2. Why does the add-on ask for permission to my documents? The Sheets add-on uses the capabilities of Google Drive to load, save and share your shared paramters file. In order to do this it requires permission to read and write to your Google Drive.

  3. Where can I get support for the add-on? If something isn’t working for you please use the contact page to send me an email, but the best way to reach me is on Twitter.